Respiratory Therapy SMC

 Program Application 

PDF fileRespiratory Therapy A.S.

Deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 cohort is Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The ELAC/SMC program will be accepting applications for the 2019 cohort, from February 1, 2019, to June 11, 2019. Upon meeting the prerequisite requirements for admission, an application for admission can be printed and submitted to our SMC Respiratory Therapy office located within the Health Sciences Department, located in the SMC Bundy Campus. If prerequisites are in progress, please note the course as "IP" on the application. The respiratory therapy program admits 50 students annually between both the ELAC and SMC campuses.

Program Admission Requirements

The East Los Angeles / Santa Monica College (ELAC/SMC) respiratory program has made modifications to the program admission criteria.

Effective Fall 2019, the program admission prerequisite requirements have changed to the following:

  • Anatomy 1 - Human Anatomy with Lab (4 units)

  • Physiology 3 - Human Physiology with Lab (4 units)

  • Chemistry 10 or 19** - Introduction to general chemistry (5 units)

  • Microbiology 1 - Fundamentals of Microbiology (5 units)

  • English 1- Reading and composition (3 units)

  • Communication studies, 11 or 35 or 37 - Oral communication (3 units)

  • Math 18 or 20 or higher - Intermediate Algebra (3 units or 5 units)

About the Respiratory Therapy Program

Santa Monica College in partnership with East Los Angeles College offers a unique consortium program, pooling resources and faculty from both community colleges making it one of the best programs in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Many people have never heard about Respiratory Therapists - Respiratory therapists are vital members of healthcare teams that work alongside physicians and nurses to help care for patients suffering from cardiopulmonary diseases.

Why pay over $40,000 at a for-profit school when you can have the best of both worlds... great education, excellent clinical rotations at places like RRUCLA, LAC+USC, or Kaiser Permanente for only a fraction of the cost.

Learn more about what respiratory therapists do- Enroll in RES TH 1- Spring 2019.

Choose SMC Respiratory Therapy Program

Our program provides students with a tremendous wealth of resources to maximize their learning experience and the knowledge and skills necessary to enter this exciting profession.

For instance:

  • Outstanding faculty
  • Commitment to student success
  • State of the art equipment
  • Excellent preparation for RRT credentialing
  • Great clinical experience, some of the best medical centers in the nation. (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, LAC+USC, Kaiser and more!)
  • Low fees

Learn more about the SMC Respiratory Therapy Program- Attend an information session.

Learn more about the SMC Respiratory Therapy Program information session schedules. Information session schedule for winter  2019.

To sign up, log in to Corsair Connect and please follow the steps below:

Corsair Connect, Enrollment Tab, “Counseling Services” found on left side menu, “Respiratory Therapy program Information Sessions"

Don't have an SMC ID, Sign up by calling (310) 434-3446.


Santa Monica College
Bundy Campus, Room 318
3171 S. Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 434-3453

Program Accreditation

The ELAC/SMC program is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
P.O. Box 54876

Hurst, TX 76054-4876
(817) 283-2835
Fax: (817) 354-8519

Programmatic Outcomes Data ​

The Respiratory Care Board of California
444 North 3rd Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95811
Main Telephone: (916) 323-9983
Toll-Free in California (866) 375-0386
Fax: (916) 323-9999

PDF FileLicense exam passing rates

Note: The Respiratory Therapy program at SMC is a partnership with East Los Angeles College and offers a unique consortium program that pools resources and faculty from both community colleges. As a result, the license exam rates for this program is under "East Los Angeles College" on the website.


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